Dental implants are a specialist treatment offered at The Dental Boutique with leading Periodontist,
Dr Chris Barker.
A dental implant is a treatment for patients wanting to replace one or more teeth or spaces in the mouth. Ideal for teeth which can’t be restored, implants imitate the root structure of a tooth, allowing a crown to be placed on top of the tooth. Dental implants help improve tooth function and provide the appearance of a natural tooth.
With a high success rate - up to 99 percent, dental implants are the most biocompatible way to improve both function and aesthetics. Treatment takes between two and six months to allow the implant to fuse with the jaw bone, ensuring it can support the new tooth. Implants can be used in conjunction with dentures to secure them more effectively in the mouth.
Our objective is to provide you with the best possible outcome for your implants, in terms of functionality and appearance. It’s why The Dental Boutique only uses premium brand implants backed by comprehensive research results. Whether you require just one tooth or a full mouth replacement, implants can change the way you live, function, and smile.
Why do implants make such as difference?
Losing one or more teeth can cause a loss of mass in your jaw. In turn, this affects the overall skeletal structure of your face, as well as your bite, or the way your teeth meet and muscles function. Over time, this may predispose you to increased risk of gum infection, tooth loss, mobility and fracture.
Other health risks, such as sleep apnoea, TMD and tinnitus are also considerations. Missing teeth can change the appearance of your face too. Thin lips and drooping muscles and jowls can all be caused by a loss of teeth, as can increased tongue size, loosening of remaining teeth, loss of sensation, and even severe pain.
Dental Implants can help avoid all these issues, if planned well, including correct implant selection, and placed with diligent care in a healthy mouth. Dental implants are placed in two stages. The first stage is to place the dental implant into the bone, while in stage two, the implant supported porcelain tooth is placed.
Could full arch implant placement or “All on Four” work for you?
Where a person has experienced loss of numerous teeth, we may consider cosmetic dentistry treatment such as full arch implant placement or “All on Four”. Using digital smile design technology, we design a dental implant treatment plan that is tailored to your needs.
Suitable for people who have badly broken down teeth, decayed teeth or compromised teeth due to gum disease, in a full arch implant replacement, two anterior implants are placed near the front the mouth, while two posterior implants are placed towards the back of the mouth. These four implants support the replacement of all 16 teeth that make up a single arch of teeth.
Although the process of integrating the titanium implant takes several months, once completed, the placement of the teeth is straightforward, occurring in a single visit.
Periodontal therapy can help with
peri-implantitis or gum inflammation
Gingivitis leading to periodontitis, is a condition that presents as inflammation. It affects the tissues (gums) surrounding and supporting teeth.
One easily recognisable and common sign of inflamed gums is bleeding that occurs when brushing.
While gum inflammation or periodontitis can be uncomfortable, when identified early enough, it can be treated with scaling procedures. Untreated, periodontitis can eventually cause a loss of bone around the teeth, causing them to loosen and become sore.
If your dentist recommends treatment, the approach taken will depend on how far advanced your condition is, something which is determined at our comprehensive oral health assessment. During this consult, your dentist will mechanically remove the bacterial load on gums, giving them the opportunity to heal.
Want to avoid gum disease or the need for periodontal therapy? The power is in your hands because prevention is the secret.
Follow a regimen of preventative maintenance, including correct brushing, regular flossing and a visit your dentist every six months. That way you’ll give yourself the best chance of keeping gum disease at bay and avoid the need for periodontal therapy down the track.
Poor oral hygiene and poor quality implants can lead to inflammation around implants, known as peri implantitis. Arising from bacteria which find their way into the cavity between the dental implant and abutment to which the implant is fixed, the inflammation can affect both the hard and soft tissue around the implant.
Signs you may be suffering from peri-implantitis include bad breath, pus or bleeding in the mouth, a loose implant, swollen gums, pain or fever, and difficulty chewing.
Before commencing peri-implantitis treatment, we will conduct a comprehensive oral health assessment, during which we will assess the cause and extent of the condition. From this initial consultation with you, we’ll develop a treatment plan that addresses both the inflammation and the root cause, to prevent a recurrence.
Wisdom tooth extraction
Did you know failing to monitor your wisdom teeth can lead to all kinds of oral health problems, including pain, swelling, bad breath, gum disease, infection, and decay in adjacent teeth?
This is why checking wisdom teeth is part of any preventative care visit at The Dental Boutique. Your dentist will examine the position and health of your wisdom teeth in the context of your overall oral health.
Depending on various factors – teeth size relative to jaw size, whether the teeth emerge from the jaw crooked, or if they are impacted and don’t come down through the gum – your dentist will recommend the appropriate treatment pathway. Treatment may include wisdom teeth extraction. In some cases, extracting wisdom teeth is the healthiest and best option.